Tensile structures blend past and present

July 1st, 2008

The Chaparral Water Treatment facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., boasts what is believed to be the largest installation of tensile structures of its kind in the area. The delicate engineering and the boldly stated shading system represents the nomadic desert dwellings of the past and the art and technology of the present. The blend of compositions...

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New materials for architectural innovation

March 1st, 2008

The Soft House, one of 15 architectural innovations created for the 2006 Intelligent Living by Design exhibit at Germany’s Vitra Museum. The futuristic vision by Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA) invites visitors to bask in a glowing world of curves, curtains and translucent screens, around a fountain of light-filled fabric at the center. Photo: KVA....

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Determining a schedule of values

January 1st, 1970

By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA The best way to understand the cost of a fabric structure is to request a schedule of values (SOV) or a breakdown of the major costs. Design (5-15%) Design development to construction document. Percentage varies depending on design/build vs. plans and specification approach. Engineering (5-15%) Awning to dome stadium. All...

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Using the air (apparent)

January 1st, 1970

Inflatable buildings have their own unique advantages, especially portability and easy set-up. By Bruce Wright, AIA Inflatable buildings can have some special requirements-such as air pumps to fill the structural fabric tubes-unlike any other type of structure, but they also have advantages for relocatable buildings or rapid set-up for disaster relief structures. David Kelsall, technical...

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Anatomy of a fabric structure

January 1st, 1970

By Samuel J. Armijos, AIA The percentage of the overall cost of a fabric structure can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the design, the material chosen, the location and access of the site, the cost of labor and equipment, and the amount of material needed to be shipped. Fabric structures are normally priced...

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